Saturday morning a new egg appeared in the nest. This time the pair built a mini-nest around the egg.
One of the storks, probably the female, started incubating right away. Fortunately, it seems that this egg has a different fate than the other one. Before, on the 11th of April, another egg was laid but as it was left by one of the storks (most probably the female) and there was no mini-nest around it, the egg fell from the nest.
On Thursday around 11:30 am, a flock of storks approached the nest and circled above it for a while. The pair in the nests reacted with loud bill-clattering, signaling that the nest was occupied. None of the circling storks tried to land. They started flying east.
Storks reach maturity around the age of 3, after this they start reproducing. At that time they go back to the area that they were born in. If they don't find a pair or nesting place, they wander around in smaller groups.
After filming the Kestrel familiy last year, our camera moved from the city to Vlaha/Magyarfenes, where it is filming the nest of a White Stork.
We mounted the camera on the 23rd of March with the help of the Electrical Company (Electrica Distribuție Cluj). The male stork just arrived from Africa the day before and shortly after we finished our work he occupied his nest.
For a few days now we can only see some of the kestrel chicks or sometimes none of them.
First the bigger ones tried their wings and flew around the surrounding trees and buildings, then they were shortly followed by the smaller chicks. Their first flights are not always successful and they might end up on the ground. In the case we find any fledlings, the best is to place them on a tree-branch or in a bush. Don't take them home! Their parents will continue feeding them until they can fly properly.
Acording to a survey for the„Atlas of Cluj breeding birds”, conducted in 2014, the Kestrel was observed at 24 locations in the city, during April 15th - June 15th.
Due to the fact that these months represent the main reproduction period of this species and many of the birds have showed breeding behavior, we can assume that there are around 15-20 pairs in the city. Same as the other falcons, the kestrels don’t build nests, they lay their eggs in cavities of buildings or they occupy the nests of other birds, such as corvids.
The project “Birds of Cluj live” implemented by the “Apáthy István Egyesület” Society offers the possibility to follow live, day and night on the webpage of the project, www.clujbird.ro, the life of a common kestrel family inside the nest. The camera is installed nearby the nest located below the roof of a block of flats from Mănăștur, Cluj. Due to the orientation of the nest, the activity inside it can be followed especially in the afternoons and evenings.